Teami Skinny Tea

// // National day(s) of complete diet obliteration ...also known as "the holidays," is almost upon us. As much as I am looking forward to unlimited pumpkin pie and stuffing, I know that beginning the day after Thanksgiving, all I am going to want to do is detox. This year I am one Read more

The Results of Softer Skin #AveenoDailyChallenge

I partnered with AVEENO® on this post. All opinions are 100% my own. I participated in the #AveenoDailyChallenge for three weeks. For the last three weeks I participated in the #AveenoDailyChallenge using both AVEENO® Daily Moisturizing Body Wash + AVEENO® Daily Moisturizing Lotion. The goal was to follow a daily Read more

Can Ultrasound Improve the Look of Skin?

I'll be honest, I was not very familiar with the world of cosmetic ultrasound treatments when I decided to try the Mira-Skin Ultrasound device. Upon doing my research, I learned that ultrasound is a non-surgical/non-invasive treatment that counteracts the effects of time and gravity on your skin. Ultrasound uses the body's Read more

Say Goodbye to Dry Skin This Winter with #Vaseline® Intensive Care™ Deep Moisture Jelly Cream

Although I absolutely love this time of the year with the brightly colored leaves and crisp fall air, I dread it at the same time. It seems all of my time is spent trying to prep all the livestock for the winter, insulating the house, cooking and freezing all Read more

3 Myths About Using Toner

Toner is one of the biggest misunderstood skin care products out there. And to be honest, at one point when I was younger, I also believed some of these myths. What about you? 1. Toner is a cleanser. This one bugs me the most. I've read blogger reviews where the person clearly Read more

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Bangstyle Hair Care: Volumizing Shampoo and Conditioner

Limp hair is luckily not something I usually have to worry about, but every once in a while my hair does something funky and decides to just be lazy and lay flat against my scalp making me look like I am wearing a really bad Morticia Adams wig. My hair chose to get lazy on me this past week following a really bad bout of flu that kept me in bed for about 7 days straight.  In an effort to wash the flu out of my hair and give my lazy hair a boost of energy, I tried Bangstyle Volumizing Shampoo & ConditionerRead more

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Review: Brazilian Blowout Acai Protective Straightening Balm

Let me preface this entire post with a resounding “OMG”.

Brazilian Blowout Acai Protective Straightening Balm has changed my (hair’s) life.

This balm is a super-powerful heat activated formula that totally tames frizz and makes hair look and feel incredibly healthy. In the middle of a humid summer, it’s exactly what every woman needs. I applied a generous dollop of this balm to my hair post-shower, and blow dried with a large round brush – my hair was smooth (not flat), healthy, and had movement to it I usually only see after hitting the salon.   Read more

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Curly Hair Product Review: Unite “Boing” Curling Cream

Before you know it summer will be upon us and, for me, warmer temps mean a drastic scaling back of my usage of beauty products, especially hair styling products.  In the summer I prefer not to fight nature and will shy away from blow dryers and flat irons, leaving my naturally curly hair as is.  The only product I will typically use in my hair during the warmer months is any type of a curling cream that will enhance, define and hydrate my natural curls.  The problem I often face is that just one product can never seems to do all three things, so I am always on constant lookout for that one product.

My latest product testing (sent by a rep. of the brand) involved Unite “Boing” Curling Cream.  This curling cream promised soft, bouncy curls with the right amount of hold.  My curls were definitely bouncy, but they did not feel soft and it was not the right amount of hold for me.  My hair felt like I had applied hairspray instead of a curling cream and my curls felt a bit crunchy.  Lucky for me, summer has not arrived as yet so I still have time to find my miracle product for my curly hair.

Have you tried it? How did it work for you?


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On Set Beauty Tip: Ear Protectors

This past weekend I shot a hair care product commercial during which I got the opportunity to pick up a few beauty tips and tricks and thought I would share one of those tips with you in this post.  Hair care commercials normally means that the hair needs to look absolutely perfect, hence quite a bit of heat (blow-drying, curling, flat ironing) is required.  Another requirement is speed on the part of the hairstylist because as they say when on set “time is money.”  So combine heat and having to provide the clients with shiny perfect hair in minutes and you might be looking at a recipe for models with burnt ears.  (I know I have had quite a few mishaps with both my curling and flat iron that have occurred when I was not in a rush!)  It’s a good thing that most hairstylists on set always seem to show up prepared for every possible scenario and the hairstylist that was on set that day was no exception.   Read more

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Hairspray Review: Sojourn Firm Hold Working Spray

When it comes to my hair, I pretty much tend to limit the amount of products I introduce it to, sticking mainly to shampoo, conditioners, deep condition treatments and a shine product for when I want to blow dry.  I avoid most other products such as hairspray, gels, styling creams, etc. because I have not had very good experiences with them.  Maybe it’s because I have very textured hair, but most styling products have  left my hair feeling dry and brittle.  As great as my avoidance of most styling products have been on my hair as well as my wallet, sometimes I would like the amazing hairstyles that my very talented hairstylist boyfriend creates to last for more than an hour in the Miami heat…which is only possible with the aid of  styling products of course.

As a working model whose had my hair teased, curled, crimped and manipulated in every way possible, as well as living with a hairstylist, I’ve gained valuable knowledge about what products and brands of products work for my hair type and which I should avoid at all costs…the list of what I trust and what works is pretty short, hence I’m always hesitant about deviating from my “trusted list”.  So it was with a bit of trepidation (yes trepidation…I know it’s just hair but unhealthy hair for me could mean I don’t work for a month or so) that I decided to try Sojourn’s Firm Hold Working Spray.

I decided I would try the Firm Hold Working Spray on a photo-shoot I already had scheduled because if it performed well under hot studio lights as well as on location on a windy day without causing my hair to feel and look dry, then I would definitely have a styling product to add to the “trusted” list.  The hair for the day of the shoot was  simple, pretty, healthy looking hair that needed to stay looking pretty and  simple for a few hours.  Hairstylist Pearson Knight of PK Hair was the stylist on set the day of the shoot.  He blew out my hair with a round brushed, then set the random tousled curls with a large barreled curling iron and the Firm Hold Working Spray.  The spray performed great.  The hairstyle stayed in place for the duration of the photo-shoot (which included three different wardrobe changes and two location changes….one outside on a pretty windy day), but still had movement as well as shine.  After the shoot I did not immediately rush home to wash and condition my hair as I am normally prone to doing because my hair did not feel overly dry and as if it was going to break off if I ran my hands through it. Overall, I was really happy with how the spray performed and the hairstylist seemed excited about trying a product he had not used before and having it work so well. Sojourn’s Form Working Spray has officially been added to the “trusted” list.

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Suffering From a Bad Hair Day SOS? Zotos Hair Rescue Kits Have You Covered

Whether your hair is fine, frizzy, finicky or typically low-maintenance, everyone has their share of bad hair days. And if your particular hair emergency is a bit more deep-rooted than your average cowlick or other beauty woe that can easily be disguised with a hat, headband, or haphazard updo, haircare brand Zotos has a remedy that will help treat hair for the longer haul – not just a last-minute desperate fix!

With a three-step single-use Hair Rescue Kit, Zotos delivers fast help for hair disasters, targeting everything from hair breakage, crazy frizz, dry scalp, split ends, and more! Sure, hair hang-ups like these may benefit from further treatment to ensure long-term lushness for your locks, but if you’ve got a special occasion on the horizon and no time to spare to get hair back into gorgeous shape, these kits will save your coif from a temporary crisis and set the tone for better hair health to come! And the best part? Each kit retails for only $10, so as long as you don’t make these quick fixes a regular habit, they definitely beat an emergency trip to the salon!

– Alex Gambardella

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